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Archaeological Site

Veleia Romana

Veleia Romana, Lugagnano Val d'Arda (PC)

This area of Lugagnano village is undoubtedly one of the most important archaeological sites of Emilia Romagna. It was formed by a protohistoric group of people probably dating back to the Iron Age, to become later on a wealthy Roman Municipium, chief city of a large area that vanished around the 6th century AD. Tradition recalls how the mountain wall above the village collapsed and caused the catastrophe that buried the settlers.

Veleia was discovered in 1747 thanks to the finding of Tabula Alimentaria Traianea, though most of its original structure has yet to be brought to light. Tabula Alimentaria Traianea is a bronze sheet with a law engraved on it, mentioning a loan with low interest to all peasants who accepted to take care of children. After this finding, excavation campaigns continued until archaeologists found the foundations of the forum and some other buildings; 12 marble statues (among which Livia, emperor Augustus's wife) and many other small bronze statues, coins, medals, inscriptions, small tools and another bronze tabula with prescriptions to municipia in Gallia Cisalpina. In the same area a spa (Thermae) was also found.

Close by the archaeological site there is the Antiquarium, a small museum with findings from recent excavations and descriptions of the history, a plan and moulds to see the splendid Veleia in its original structure.

Date: the event will be held from Jan 01, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018

Event timetable: December, January, February, March, from 9 am to 3 pm - the rest of the year from 9 am to 6.30 pm (open every day, closed for Christmas and first day of the year)

Entrance: entry fee

Full fee: €2

Reduced fee: €1

Free entry: under eighteen years old, journalists, students, teachers, researchers

Information and Booking Centre

Tourist Information Office of Castell'Arquato
Podestà Palace, Municipal Square - Phone: ++39 0523.803215 - Fax: ++39 0523.803215
Weekday timetable:


Weekend timetable:

Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 13.00; 14.00 - 18.00

By Piacenza editorial staff (Jan 12, 2017)

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